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  Type 95 Ha Go Light Tank   (Milne Bay No. 2)
Kure 5th SNLF
(Tank Platoon)

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AWM August 1942

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Anderson October 19, 1942
Tank History
Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 95 Ha Go Light Tank hull number unknown. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the Kure 5th Special Naval Landing Force (Kure 5th SNLF) tank platoon. Transported as cargo to the South Pacific.

Wartime History
During August 1942 this tank and Type 95 Ha Go 1614 landed at Milne Bay. On August 29, 1942 both tanks became bogged down on a rough road near Rabi (Rabe) one in a ditch and the other along the roadway. Afterwards, the Japanese removed their main guns and machine guns and abandoned both.

Afterwards, both tanks were captured intact by the Australian Army and recovered to Milne Bay. Later, both main guns were found and reinstalled in each tank turret. Afterwards, both tanks were shipped to Australia arriving by the middle of October 1942 and underwent technical evaluation then toured Australia on a war bond drive.

At the end of World War II, both tanks were sold by Commonwealth disposals auction and purchased by Huges Trading Company in Coburg, Victoria and stored in their outdoor yard.

This tank is displayed at the Royal Australian Armour Corps Museum.

History of Battles of IJA Tanks / Milne by Akira Takizawa
Milne Bay 1942 (1992) pages XXX

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Last Updated
October 19, 2021


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